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Remembering Hon. Warren Allmand – first Chair of Canada’s Parliamentary Friends of Tibet

December 09, 2016

Montreal, December 8, 2016 - We were deeply saddened today to learn that Honourable Warren Allmand, Canadian MP for 32 years, has passed away in Montreal at the age of 84.  Mr. Allmand was a longstanding friend of Tibet and tireless defender of human rights in Canada and around the world.  The Board and Staff of the Canada Tibet Committee extend sincere condolences to Mr. Allmand’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Warren Allmand was a staunch and effective advocate of human rights in Tibet” said former Canadian Senator Consiglio DiNino now Chair of the Canada Tibet Committee. “His efforts to stand up for Tibet in Canada's Parliament brought much-needed attention to the issue at a time when it had been largely forgotten by our policy makers.”

In 1989, at the request of the Canada Tibet Committee, MP Warren Allmand agreed to establish a cross-party “Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet” and to serve as its first Chair.  The fledgling PFT issued an invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Ottawa to meet with parliamentarians. The resulting visit in 1990 included meetings with opposition leaders, an appearance before the Standing Committee on External Relations and International Trade, and the inauguration of Ottawa’s Monument to Human Rights on Elgin Street. 

Following the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ottawa, Mr. Allmand continued to be an active defender of the Tibetan cause.  Until his retirement from Parliament, he spoke at numerous Tibet rallies on the Hill and led PFT initiatives to highlight the Tibetan cause in Parliament.

During his political career, Warren Allmand was celebrated as the MP who tabled the 1976 Bill that abolished the death penalty in Canada.  He later served as a member of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s cabinet with the portfolios of Minister of Northern and Indigenous Affairs, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and Solicitor General.  Upon retirement from parliament, he was appointed as President of the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy) where he continued to advocate on behalf of the Tibet issue.

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